NPE2018 Show Daily - Thursday

NPE is truly ‘Breaking the Mold’ as a multifaceted experience, with activities, discoveries and opportunities to satisfy the needs of anyone who works in the plastics industry or has a need to know about plastics

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THURSDAY N PE 2 018 M AY 10 T H 89 Tinius Olsen at NPE 215 675 7100 AUTOMATED SYSTEMS See the robot in action MELTFLOW MP1200 with Selectable Weight System VEM Video Extensometer Come and see us at Booth W723 888.612.7774 Size Reduction Solutions Granulators • Shredders • Pulverizers • Pipe Grinders Choose from a wide range of standard equipment to solve a specific problem or let us custom design a size reduction system to satisfy all your application requirements. From advice to design to installation and start-up, we guide you every step of the way. Talk to an application specialist today to discuss your recycling system needs. Visit Booth W7545 for Complete Information The Importance of Networking at NPE2018 By Julia Hider Modern Machine Shop With so many industry representatives in one place, NPE isn't just a place to learn—it's also the ideal place to build, grow and maintain a professional network. Stan Glover is the director of sales at Zeiger Industries (Booth W4143), a Canton, Ohio-based company that manu- factures hardened tool steel screws and the Mallard Z4 check ring valve for engineering-grade processing challenges and applications. He is attending his tenth NPE show in 2018 and his eighth as an exhibitor. "We see the value of NPE because it's a venue that provides us with access to key decision mak- ers involved with injection molding," he says. In that time period, the company's footprint at the show has grown from a 10-foot-by-10-foot booth to the 20-foot- by-20-foot booth it has here at NPE2018. And as the company's presence has increased at the show, so has Glover's net- work. In fact, it inspired the company's 2018 booth. "The entire display we're doing is based on the network that I have developed over the last 25 years in the industry," he says. This year, the company is running its liquid silicone rubber (LSR) plug-and-play injec- tion unit mounted on a Milacron-FANUC Roboshot a-S55iA, along with an Elmet TOP 5000 P silicone dispensing system, an MR Mold two-cavity tool, a Yushin robot and Dow Corn- Steve Glover, director of sales at Zeiger Industries, recommends taking every opportunity to make lasting connections this week. ing's Dowsil MS-4007 moldable optical silicone LSR to make clear lenses for automotive lighting applications. Glover says that the exhibit is supported by the latest technological ad- vantages from the peers in his network, and that it showcases the importance of networking at trade shows, especially NPE. For those just starting to grow a professional network, Glover recommends getting involved with local and national trade associations in the industry, including PLASTICS. He himself is chairman of the Plastics Industry Association's equipment counsel, the US TAG chairman of ISO TC 270 and on the PLASTICS board of directors. "Take an active role in organizations and stay committed and focused on it, because once you're seen as an expert in your area, more opportuni- ties will afford themselves to you," he says. Glover stresses the importance of attending meetings and trade shows, and taking advantage of the opportunities to ask questions. "The NPE platform provides the golden opportuni- ty to ask questions, bring information back to your employer and grow your personal network," he says. He adds that it's important to answer honestly when you are asked challenging questions yourself. "Integrity is everything as you develop and maintain a network," he says. "Once you're seen as an expert in your area, more opportunities will afford themselves to you."

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